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Federal Support for Algoma Steel Inc.

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The $90-million federal investment in Algoma Steel Inc. represents an Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) portfolio-wide response: a $60-million repayable contribution from FedDev Ontario and $30 million through ISED’s Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF).


Regional Economic Growth Through Innovation

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Canada’s regional development agencies (RDA) are one of the four national innovation platforms identified in Budget 2018 to provide the customized support needed for Canadian businesses to succeed. Along with the Industrial Research Assistance Program, the Strategic Innovation Fund and the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, the RDAs support high-potential Canadian businesses by providing them with the resources, tools and knowledge they need to scale up and expand into new markets.


Changes to Intellectual Property Laws

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The Government of Canada is proposing legislative changes to intellectual property (IP) laws and the Copyright Board’s legislative framework to better encourage innovation, attract investment, and support an efficient and fair economy in response to Budget 2018 commitments. These amendments were introduced as part of the Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2.


New Asbestos Measures

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Asbestos is regulated by several federal and provincial laws and is also the subject of international conventions. The Government of Canada strictly conforms to the legislative requirements for health and safety, and asbestos management programs are in place in its buildings.


14 Canadian clean technology companies receiving funding

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On October 3, 2018, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced $58.6 million in funding, through Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), to 14 Canadian clean technology companies:


Order in Council concerning high-pressure telecommunications sales practices

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The Governor in Council has directed the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), pursuant to section 14 of the Telecommunications Act, to make a report regarding the retail sales practices of Canada’s large telecommunications carriers.


BizPaL simplifies access to information on permits and licences for Canadian businesses

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BizPaL is an online service that benefits Canadian businesses by helping them identify which permits and licences they require and how to obtain them. Entrepreneurs simply select the business activities they plan to undertake, and BizPaL automatically generates a list of required permits and licences from all levels of government, along with basic information on each. The list also includes links to the various government websites where entrepreneurs can learn more and, in some cases, apply online.


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